Well, to address the OP, whether one paid $1,000 or $2,000 for an AR or an AK, either way, it was money well spent. Over time, prices always go up! Some just might have to wait a little longer to appreciate their investment. Incidentally, all of my purchases were pre-"crisis".
I truly hope that no concessions are given with regard to any further gun legislation. None are needed. Enforce the gun laws that currently exist and the government would amaze itself at the number of criminal prosecutions that would flood their dockets! They simply wouldn't be able to keep up. Why then, more laws?
The answer seems pretty clear...